Four Layers of Protection
Three highly resilient epoxy top layers will protect the underlying sealing primer layer. This means that the underlying bonding coat is not just a top-coat formulation diluted or weakened with the overuse of diluent and solvents as we have found to be the case with so many of the products on the market we have investigated. This ensures proper penetration of the surface to which it is applied and excellent adhesion to the surface, even penetration to a depth of 2-3 mm.
80% of the success of the product depends on the preparation of the pool surface and the bonding strength of our specialised pool paint primer.
This primer layer is left for 30min to an hour to become very sticky, literally a glue-like, substance. This is important for the application of the first top-coat, which will then chemically bind or “fuse” with the primer layer. This combination layer, over the next few hours, will form a solid, hard and glossy surface.
The final two top layers are applied over the next two days to provide that tough, gloss porcelain-like finish. This is unlike most other pool paints available, where the top layer is applied on a dry surface or on a dry primer to form a separate top layer, still leaving the risk of inter-layer lamination.
Research on in-ground dams, reservoirs and pools has proven that the only way to overcome the risk of blistering due to reverse osmosis, is to ensure that the highest bonding strength is achieved and that the the complete coating itself is thick enough to withstand reverse pressure. For this reason we do not formulate our product with a high content of water dilution or solvent dilution. The problem with solvents is that it evaporates during the drying time, leaving only the pigment and binder elements of the paint behind. The more solvents are used in the formulation, the thinner the layer will be after drying. It is also a well-known fact in the coating industry that solvents reduce the inherent qualities of an epoxy e.g. hardness, bonding strength, chemical resistance, UV-resistance etc. In water-based epoxies the water is used as a solvent and will also evaporates.
Our swimming pool primer (first coat) epoxy is not diluted by any solvents. Our high-solids Topcoat utilizes a 10-15% solvent content for easier application. The product is rolled on by hand, using Mohair rollers, leaving a thick resilient epoxy layer that will last for many years.
Like the primer layer, the top-coat layers are also two-part resin and catalytic hardener combinations that are smooth, tough, resistant to UV radiation and stain- resistant. Algae cannot adhere to the glossy surface. The protective coating is available in white, shades of light blue, charcoal and black.